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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Named for Lifesaver Joshua James

unnamedThe Hull Lifesaving Museum was honored to welcome Captain Andrew Tiongson, prospective Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James on Thursday, January 15th at 7 pm to our Point Allerton U.S. Lifesaving Station. The Coast Guard’s newest National Security Cutter, the James, is named for Hull’s own legendary lifesaver Joshua James. James is credited with saving more than 540 lives from shipwreck during his 60 year career as both a Massachusetts Humane Society volunteer lifesaver and the first Keeper of the historic Point Allerton Lifesaving Station, now the Hull Lifesaving Museum.

The USCGC James was christened on August 16, 2014 at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and is expected to be commissioned in Boston late this summer.

The USCGC James was christened on August 16, 2014 at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and is expected to be commissioned in Boston late this summer.

The USCG Cutter James will be the fifth of eight Legend Class National Security Cutters. The most technologically advanced cutters in the Coast Guard fleet, they are designed to perform a variety of missions and operations at sea including: national defense, port security, alien migrant interdiction, maritime law enforcement, environmental defense, search and rescue, and drug interdiction.

Rear Admiral John Korn, Assistant Commandant for Acquisitions said of USCGC James, “It seems only fitting for a cutter that will protect the lives of millions of Americans to bear the names James.”

Submitted by Corinne Leung, Hull Lifesaving Museum.  Two videos provide more information on the cutter.

Registration Begins for CAMM’s 2015 Annual Conference

Paul Fontenoy and Marifrances Trivelli at September's Maritime Heritage Conference

Paul Fontenoy and Marifrances Trivelli oversee the CAMM table at September’s Maritime Heritage Conference

CAMM Treasurer Paul Fontenoy is now accepting registrations for the CAMM’s 2015 Annual Conference to take place April 12-14 at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. Director Marifrances Trivelli and the program committee has put together a program of lively educational sessions, a narrated boat cruise of the Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors, dinner at the historic Los Angeles yacht club, as well as an optional behind-the-scenes tour of the world renowned Huntington Library.

Full registration ($150.00) includes all sessions, continental breakfast and lunch Monday and Tuesday, the cruise on Monday, and the closing dinner on Tuesday. One-day registrations are also available. The optional field trip on Wednesday is a separate ticketed event.

To register, download the online CAMM Registration 2015 form, fill it out, make a payment (using the PayPal link, check, or credit card), save the form and email it to <>. (The form can also be printed and mailed or faxed.)

Registration deadline is March 31, 2015.

To learn more about lodging, transportation, and travel grants, please visit our Annual Meeting page. Please note that although the meeting is open to all, travel grants are only available to staff of CAMM member institutions.

1939 Wooden Fish Tug Under Restoration

Submitted by Sandy Bryson at the Michigan Maritime Museum

CAMM members who attended the annual meeting in Toledo last April will remember the presentation on the Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail and the Evelyn S exhibited at the Michigan Maritime Museum. The 1939 wooden fish tug is under extensive restoration and has been moved to a new location on the Museum’s campus in South Haven. This video documents the mid-stage of the restoration of her “turtle back” house and the excitement of seeing her in the slings as she is transported to her new location. Ship’s carpentry work on the Evelyn S is being done by apprentices from the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, Michigan. The project is funded by local in-kind contributions and a grant to the City of South Haven from the Coastal Zone Management Program, Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality, State of Michigan.

Surplus Reference Books Available

Matt Schulte at the Steamship Historical Society of America writes:

We at SSHSA have a huge inventory of duplicate, surplus Lloyds Registers, Merchant Vessels of the United StatesABS, as well as many other titles that have been in storage for many years.  We are hoping that our colleagues in the museum community, other maritime organizations, and libraries or non-profits might be missing some of these issues, and desire to fill their collection. We would offer most of these to qualified organizations free of charge for pick-up, or at cost for postage if shipping is required.

Here is a list of available books: Duplicate & Surplus Reference Books & Registers

Please contact Matt at with any expressions of interest.

South Street Seaport Seeks Volunteer Coordinator

PrintSouth Street Seaport Museum is currently seeking a Volunteer Coordinator. The Volunteer Coordinator is a key part of the robust and growing volunteer program at the Museum. Working closely with all departments and serving as an organizational point person for the volunteer corps, the Volunteer Coordinator supports the overall mission of the museum and facilitates the effective recruitment and management of volunteers, a critical asset to the museum’s efforts and a key constituency.

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Hong Kong Maritime Museum to Host ICMM


A new website has been created for the conference at

Originally posted on CAMM:


The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is proud to invite maritime museums from around the world to one of the most exciting and transformational commercial and cultural centers in world trade – the Pearl River Delta.
For over three hundred years the PRD has been a global meeting place for traders, entrepreneurs, government envoys, missionaries and fortune hunters. Today, Hong Kong and nearby Guangzhou, represent the modern face of China and the ceaseless commercial activities which in two generations has transformed a region previously  dominated by fishing villages and paddy fields into a true metropolis.
As a young museum, established in 2003 with strong support from the Hong Kong shipping industry we are in a good position to share with delegates the spirit of Hong Kong through the prism of its maritime heritage. Our links with Greater China also provide an opportunity for delegates to meet with counterparts from…

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Nantucket Whaleship Two Brothers Traveling Exhibit

exhibit 4Traveling Exhibit Featuring Rare Treasures and the Fascinating Story of the Nantucket Whaleship Two Brothers Looking for a New (Temporary) Home

The captivating “Lost on a Reef” exhibit is available just in time for a surge of interest about the story of the whaleship Essex upon release of Ron Howard’s “In the Heart of the Sea” in theaters in March of 2015.

The world was initially reminded of the fascinating and tragic story of Captain George Pollard back in 2011 following the exciting discovery and identification of the Nantucket whaleship Two Brothers. Having survived the events of the Essex, one of the world’s most infamous seafaring disasters, and the true life events that inspired Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick, Pollard optimistically set sail for the Pacific once again in the whaleship Two Brothers, believing with all his heart “that it was an old adage that the lightning never struck in the same place twice.” In this case it did, and Pollard’s promising career as a whaling captain came to a tragic end on an uncharted reef in the most remote archipelago on earth, and what is now Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. In 2008, a team of NOAA maritime archaeologists discovered the first clues of the whaleship Two Brothers and began to unlock the mystery of the only Nantucket whaleship ever found on the sea floor.

LOR plan-2This traveling exhibit contains 1 title panel, 8 wall panels that include information about the Two Brothers shipwreck as well as other shipwreck sites in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The panels are approximately 2’ x 3’ and printed on Scotchcal laminated to Dibond 1/8” panels. 11 artifacts from the Two Brothers shipwreck site include: 3 harpoon tips, 2 whaling lance tips, 2 ceramic sherds from dishes used in the galley, one small cooking pot (also used in the galley), and three pieces of copper sheathing that were discovered upon conservation of the cooking pot.

exhibit1The traveling exhibit is currently in Nantucket, MA at the Nantucket Whaling Museum. The exhibit will be available to travel to your site in November of 2015. Costs associated include some assistance with shipping, and possibly new cases for artifacts. The exhibit is available for 1-2 years. Please visit the PMNM website for some more information about the shipwreck story and the exhibit in its current home in Nantucket.

Please contact Kelly Gleason (, (808)725-5837)) with interest, questions or requests for more information.